Egyptian authorities have seized 34 antique coins in the possession of a passenger who tried to smuggle them through the Cairo International Airport.
Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said a committee formed from the Archaeological Unit at Cairo Airport, headed by Dina Mahmoud, confirmed that the coins were antiques.
Hamdy Hammam, head of the Central Administration of Ports and Archaeological Units at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the seized coins dated back to different historical eras. They included a dinar from the Abbasid Caliphate with inscriptions in Kufic script, and 24 coins from the Ottoman Empire. In addition, eight coins dated back to the tenure of King Fouad I, including a gold coin with a picture of the king, besides a coin from King Farouk reign.